Clemson and Georgia ADs agree: keep the season opener on Saturday

The Clemson Sports Blog

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws a pass on Georgia last drive of the game.

Photo by Nathan Gray

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws a pass on Georgia last drive of the game.

The rumored move of the Tigers-Bulldogs backyard brawl to Labor Day evening might have a strong appeal for television, but any change would come over the objections of both the Clemson and Georgia administrations.

Georgia has the biggest logistical beef with a move to Monday night - the Bulldogs play South Carolina the following Saturday, their second top-10 battle in a week.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity shot down the notion on Tuesday, telling Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “That’s not an option, even if it was an option...There’s been no discussion about that at all.”

Interest in the possibility of a change peaked on Tuesday after Dan Wolken of USA Today tweeted, " Dabo Swinney told me the Clemson-Georgia game to open next season could end up on Monday night.”

McGarity told Towers that he would be more open to playing the game on Thursday, Aug. 29, or Friday, Aug. 30, if it were to be moved at all.

On Tuesday, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich told Hale McGranahan of that he has no interest in moving the game.

"This is a game that we want to have on Saturday,” Radakovich said. "It's a great game. It'll be great for Clemson. It’ll be great for the University of Georgia. It’ll be a wonderful atmosphere for college football. That's where we’d really like to keep it.”

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MoncksTater writes:

Poor Georgia...getting owned twice by the Palmetto State in two consecutive weeks...makes for a tough season starting 0-2.

Go Tigers

Bigboots writes:

Saturday is fine.
Besides, I wouldn't want to help usc in any way. If moving the game to monday would give them an edge, leave it as it is.

Clemorange writes:

People are forgetting this is college football. Quite tryin to make college into pro ball, I don't watch it for a reason

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